PLAYWRIGHTS ON PARK Reading Series is a new and exciting artistic endeavor for Playhouse on Park. Our mission is to develop and produce original plays and musicals, to foster emerging and established playwrights, and to become a leader in new play development.  We aim to help establish the Greater Hartford Area as a premiere destination for the cultivation and exploration of innovative theatrical work. 

7:30pm, $5 Gen Admission

by Jeffrey Sweet

Synopsis: Shortly before what will be his last birthday party (scheduled for a comedy club), the legendary radical attorney William Kunstler is introduced as a speaker at a seminar by a young black woman, a law student named Kerry. He is there to tell some stories of his legal adventures and to make some sense of a stormy career that is winding up. Kerry has some problems with some of his recent choices, and the session moves to a confrontation between them.

JEFFREY SWEET is a longtime veteran of the Chicago theatre renaissance, where he has put up plays, musicals and other projects since 1979, winning the Jeff (Chicago's Tony) and American Theatre Critics Association prizes in the process. Best-known works include The Value of Names, American Enterprise, Flyovers, The Action Against Sol Schumann, Bluff, Porch and the musicals What About Luv? (which played off-Broadway with Nathan Lane, Austin Pendleton and Judy Kaye and won the Outer Critics Circle Award) and I Sent a Letter to My Love (which he wrote with Melissa Manchester). He also performs in a solo show called You Only Shoot the Ones You Love. He has published two books of theatre history, Something Wonderful Right Away (about Chicago's Second City) and The O'Neill (about the theatre center in Waterford, CT), and he is in the process of writing a history of Yale Rep. He also wrote a lot of television. He serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild, is an alum of New Dramatists, and a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.


Playwrights on Park is an opportunity for emerging and established playwrights to bring the earliest incarnations of their plays directly to the Playhouse on Park audience. It will serve as an immediate connection between the words (and world) of the play and the audience for which it is intended.

Our focus will be on the playwright and the play. We will select several plays throughout the season and give the playwright and our audience an opportunity to hear the work read aloud, in some cases for the first time.  This process will allow our audience an exciting look into the development of new work, as well as an early look at the plays that may premiere at the Playhouse on Park in subsequent seasons. It will allow the playwright an opportunity to develop their work, with feedback from our audience. We hope to develop and sustain open and ongoing relationships with the playwrights selected for the reading series.

We will accept year-round submissions for the Playwrights on Park Reading Series. Throughout each season, there will a presentation of the selected works. The plays will receive a cast of professional actors and a director and will be presented as a staged reading for a public audience. After the reading, a moderated audience discussion with the actors, the director, and most importantly, the playwright, will give both the Playhouse on Park and the playwright constructive feedback to further develop the playwright's vision for the play.

Playwrights on Park seeks to unveil the best new material from playwrights across the country. Submitted plays will be considered for our Playwrights on Park Reading Series.

Most importantly, the Playwrights on Park Reading Series is an experience for the playwright and our audience. There are only a limited number of readings per season. As the playwright is the focus of our reading series, selected playwrights must be available to come to the Playhouse on Park for the staged reading of the play and the audience discussion that follows. The presence of the playwright is the cornerstone of Playwrights on Park reading series.

We are happy to consider your play, provided you submit according to these guidelines:

• Please submit a FULL script and character breakdown (Please submit in PDF format).
• Playwrights may submit their plays through a literary agent.
• Playwrights who are not represented may submit their plays as well.
• For musicals please submit the music on a CD or by mp3.
• Include any production or workshop history, as well as biographies of the playwright, and any collaborators
• Connecticut-based playwrights are strongly encouraged to submit

Electronic submissions are preferred (email Sasha), but hardcopy can be mailed to:

Sasha Brätt
Playwrights On Park Reading Series
c/o Playhouse Theatre Group
244 Park Road
West Hartford, CT 06119

Materials will be reviewed by our Literary Manager, as well as our Literary Committee. Plays recommended by this committee may be included in our Playwrights on Park Reading Series. Playwrights will receive a confirmation of receipt within a week of submission. Playwrights may also expect a response from the Literary Manager as to whether or not the play will be considered for the Playwrights on Park Reading Series within 2-4 months, after the play is reviewed by the Literary Committee in the order it was received.

  • The dates for the inaugural PLAYWRIGHTS ON PARK Reading Series are:
    Tues Oct 14, 2014 - 7:30pm
    Tues Feb 3, 2015 – 7:30pm
    Tues March 3, 2015 – 7:30pm
    Tues April 28, 2015 – 7:30pm
  • Email:
    Sasha Brätt


  • Mail:
    Sasha Brätt

    Playhouse On Park Reading Series
    c/o Playhouse Theatre Group
    244 Park Road
    West Hartford, CT 06119

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